BIAFRA: Fresh trouble as Nigerian govt. tenders terrorism evidence against IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate the order proscribing it as a terrorist organisation for being faulty.
IPOB counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor argued that the gazette signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari is invalid under Section 2 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, which provides that only the president can give such approval.
He argued that IPOB’s activities cannot be compared with the Fulani herdsmen, which was declared the fourth deadliest terrorist organisation.
“Before the September 11 army attack we enjoyed relative peace in the South East and nobody has comolained about IPOB,” he said.
But the Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Apata said the activities of IPOB, which includes burning of police station and killing of a policeman constitutes acts of terror.
He said the seizure of arms from Turkey by the Nigerian Customs Service has been linked to the IPOB, and asked the court not to vacate the proscription order.
The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, had on September 20, 2017, issued the proscription order upon an ex parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).
But, in a motion filed before the same judge on September 22, the group, through its lead counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, contended that the proscription order was unconstitutional adding that it was obtained by the AGF by suppressing vital facts.
IPOB’s motion canvassed 13 grounds in opposition to the order proscribing it and also designating it a terrorist organisation.
Justice Kafarati has fixed January 17, 2018 for judgement.
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